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New U.S. 23/223 detours to be implemented

Posted on April 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Michigan Department of Transportation anticipates reopening the southbound entrance ramp from U.S. 23 from U.S. 223 later today. The ramp has been closed for two weeks for reconstruction.
This will reopen but on Friday there will be a major change implemented on U.S. 223/St. Anthony Road. According to a press release from MDOT a stage change involves shifting all traffic on U.S. 223 to the south sid of the roadway, while construction shifts to the north half of the U.S. 23/U.S. 223 interchange. Construction includes building roundabouts along the north half of the interchange at the raps. This stage, including the ramp closures, is anticipated to take approximately 28 calendar days.
Two-way traffic will be maintained on U.S. 223 between Whiteford Center Road and the northbound U.S. 223 exit ramp using temporary signals. Two lanes of traffic also will … Read More »

Blissfield names varsity football coach

Posted on April 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Blissfield High School athletic director Steve Babbitt has announced that Adam Schiermyer is taking the reins of the Blissfield Varsity Football program.

Schiermyer, a high school physical education teacher  and head football coach at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Arizona, said he is excited to be returning to Lenawee County to continue his teaching and coaching career, Babbitt said. A graduate of Adrian College, he majored in physical education and played both football and baseball.

After receiving his degree, Schiermyer attended the United States Sports Academy, where he earned his masters of sport science degree in 2003. Before serving as head football coach at Bradshaw Mountain, he had been a teacher and assistant football coach at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, for six years, and at Highland High School, also in Gilbert, for two years.

Babbitt said the new coach will … Read More »

All aboard for Railroad Days!

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

It’s been nearly 180 years since the Erie and Kalamazoo railways tracks were laid across southeastern Michigan and still the railroad tradition remains ever present in the greater Blissfield community. To celebrate that long, rich history with the railroad the Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program has extended the second annual Blissfield Railroad Days presented by McDonald’s of Lenawee County to a two-day affair Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21.

One can ride the rails on the “Old Road,” explore static displays of a once busy caboose and an engine at the Adrian and Blissfield Railroad, as well as tour shops, local attractions and homes with the attraction of several different model trains and railroads and buy and sell model railroad items at an indoor swap meet on Sunday.

Organizers have extended the event to two days to accommodate the large … Read More »

Whiteford Schools low-level lockdown lifted

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

OTTAWA LAKE – A “low-level lockdown” at Whiteford Agricultural Schools was lifted early Friday afternoon, April 19. The school district had been in lockdown mode since earlier that morning. Officials said phone threats against some students had been made by another individual. According to the person who answered the phones at Whiteford Schools after 2 p.m., several school officials were in a debriefing session.
It does not appear that students were in any danger and the lockdown was a precautionary measure.
According to the “Monroe County School Emergency Information Guide”, a lockdown takes place when an internal or external threat id identified. No entry or exit will be allowed from the school until an “all-clear”  is announced 

Kiwanis Pancake Supper Thursday, April 18

Posted on April 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield Kiwanis Club will host its annual pancake supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Blissfield High School cafeteria.

The bevy of breakfast foods on the menu include pancakes, french toast, sausage, coffee, apple sauce and white and chocolate milk.

Proceeds from the fundraiser are used by the Kiwanis Club to fund several charities involving local children. These funds have been used for scholarships, as well as the annual dictionary donations made to third-graders in Blissfield and Deerfield elementary schools.

Blissfield: U.S. 223 lane closure this week

Posted on April 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

As of Monday evening, the outside westbound lane on U.S. 223 in Blissfield from Maple Street to just east of Monroe Street is closed. Michigan Department of Transportation is working in Blissfield to replace curbs on that side of the street that include the removal of driveaways from the former Smith property. Work is expected to last approximately three days, weather permitting.

Yockey, Benham safe after Boston Marathon

Posted on April 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Local runner Jay Yockey who competed at the Boston Marathon today (Monday) reported to the Advance at 3:30 p.m. that he is safe after reports of at least two explosions at the finish line of the race course. Yockey said the hotel he is staying in is on lockdown this afternoon.

Another local runner Dr. Kent Benham, Ottawa Lake, also participated in today’s marathon. Word has been received that he too is safe after the race.

For Melissa Burnor’s complete interview with Jay Yockey while he was still in Boston, please see the April 17, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Hunt nearly over for new BHS football coach

Posted on April 9th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

The hunt for the next Blissfield head varsity football coach is coming to a close as the list of potential candidates has been narrowed to three finalists. Blissfield’s candidate will have big shoes to fill, as former head coach Ron Estes is handing over the headset and play book after 11 seasons. The incoming head coach will have to deal with the “Estes Expectations” that were set by the former heralded head coach. Estes constructed an impressive 76-39 career record commanding the Royals’ sideline.

Finding a Royal replacement was not an easy task for the search committee that consisted of Blissfield athletic director Steve Babbitt, superintendent Scott Moellenberndt, varsity women’s basketball coach and elementary teacher Ryan Gilbert, high school principal Jerry Johnson and elementary school assistant principal Mike Valasek.

Moellenberndt said approximately 40 applicants had been reviewed for the position, … Read More »

Chug into Blissfield April 20-21 for Railroad Days

Posted on April 9th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off


All aboard for the second annual Blissfield Railroad Days presented by McDonald’s of Lenawee County April 20 and 21. After a successful one-day event in 2012, host Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program has planned a two-day event this year celebrating Blissfield’s continuous and ever-changing association with the railroad since the first train on the Erie and Kalamazoo line came through town in 1836.

The village will be immersed in trains of all sizes that have captured the interest of young and old for generations, from the small HO scale-model trains to actual running trains that can be ridden on as part of the ticket. Organizers extended the event this year and the result is more opportunity to see and ride the trains.

“The event is two days because we had such a great turnout last year,” Blissfield DDA/Main Street … Read More »

Fourth suspect arrested in pharmacy break-in

Posted on April 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Police arrested a fourth suspect in connection with the July break-in of the Blissfield branch of the Schmidt and Son Pharmacy Wednesday, April 3.  Suspects were in the pharmacy less than 90 seconds in an overnight break-in July 22.  Three  suspects have already appeared in court but Candy Sue Sullivan, 34,  remained at large until today (April 3). Crimestoppers of Lenawee  County issued a release early Wednesday afternoon shortly before Sullivan was apprehended in Hillsdale County. Lenawee County Sheriff Detective Gary Ward said in an e-mail shortly after 3 p.m. that Sullivan had been arrested in Hillsdale County and was on her way to the Lenawee County Jail. She is facing at least three felony charges in connection to the break-in.

Please read the April 10 edition of the Advance for more information.